Canadian hero Laurent Duvernay-Tardif makes 2021 NFL season debut with Chiefs

Photo courtesy: Jim Berry/Kansas City Chiefs

Canadian offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is making his 2021 NFL regular season debut on Monday night against the New York Giants, according to multiple reports. He was inactive for the first two months of the season.

The medical doctor opted out of the 2020 NFL season back in July 2020 to dedicate his time to his patients. His team, the Kansas City Chiefs, reached the Super Bowl again in his absence, falling to Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

In addition to working as an orderly in a long-term care facility in Quebec, Duvernay-Tardif served on the NFLPA’s COVID-19 task force in order to ensure a safe return to play for his fellow players and launched the Laurent Duvernay-Tardif Foundation with his longtime girlfriend, Florence, to ensure both physical activity and creativity are a part of a child’s development and educational success.

The native of Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Que. has been recognized several times this year for his tremendous work and personal sacrifice. He was a co-recipient of the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada’s top athlete, he was named ESPN’s Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian of the Year, he was named one of Sports Illustrated’s 2020 Sportspersons of the Year, and his lab coat was on display at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Duvernay-Tardif last dressed for an NFL game in February 2020 when he started Super Bowl LIV at right guard. The Chiefs won that game by a score of 31-20 over the San Francisco 49ers, overcoming a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter.

The Giants and Chiefs are set to get underway at 8:15 p.m. ET. Kansas City currently sits at last place in the AFC West with a 3-4 record, so the game is arguably a must-win contest for the team.